June 23, 1992: Hundley's Homer in 4th Beats Cubs
|Date: June 23, 1992|
|Mets starter: Pete Schourek|
|Winning pitcher: Pete Schourek|
|Key player(s): Todd Hundley|
|Key play: Hundley's home run|
The Mets faced the Cubs on a Tuesday night at Shea Stadium. A crowd of 24,056 watched the second of a three-game series between the two teams. Todd Hundley hit a three-run homer in the fourth inning to put the Mets ahead to stay for a 4-1 win over Chicago.
Pete Schourek and the Cubs' Frank Castillo each started the game by pitching a scoreless first inning. Schourek retired Chicago in order for the second time on three ground balls in the top of the second. The Mets then took a 1-0 lead on Dick Schofield's single that scored Bill Pecota in the bottom of the inning.
After a scoreless third, Doug Dascenzo singled for the first hit off Schourek in the top of the fourth inning. Dascenzo stole second base on Schourek's third strike to Ryne Sandberg. The Cubs tied the game at 1-1 on Andre Dawson's single that brought home Dascenzo. Mark Grace followed with a single to send Dawson to third base. Schourek then got Luis Salazar to hit into a double play for the final two outs of the inning.
Bobby Bonilla started the bottom of the fourth with a double off Castillo. Pecota's ground out moved Bonilla to third base and Schofield drew a walk. Hundley followed with a home run to give the Mets a three-run lead. Castillo then retired the next two batters to end the inning.
In the fifth and sixth innings, Schourek shut down the Cubs while allowing only two hits. Castillo retired the Mets in order in the fifth and was replaced by Jeff Robinson after the Mets loaded the bases with two out in the bottom of the sixth. Robinson got Vince Coleman on a fly ball to center fielder Dascenzo to end the inning. Mets' reliever Jeff Innis then held Chicago scoreless in the top of the seventh.
Robinson retired the Mets in order in the bottom of the seventh inning. In the eighth, Innis set down the Cubs in order and the Mets loaded the bases with none out in the bottom half. Bob Scanlan came in to relieve Robinson for Chicago. Scanlen retired three straight Met batters and prevented further scoring.
In the top of the ninth inning, John Franco set down the Cubs 1-2-3 to end the game. The Mets had a victory as Schourek recorded his first win of the season. The outcome was decided on solid Met pitching and Hundley's home run.